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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

For Immediate Release

Nixa, Missouri - August 14, 2010

Military Order of the Purple Heart Elects Clayton Jones as National Commander

On August 14, 2010, Clayton Jones of Nixa, Missouri was elected as National Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, a national veteran service organization with more than 44,000 members.

National Commander Clayton Jones served as a Chapter, Department, and Region Commander before being elected to the national leadership of the Military Order of the Purple Heart in 2008.  Since then, Clayton has served as National Junior Vice Commander and as National Senior Vice Commander.  He has also served as Chairman of the National Finance Committee. 

Clayton is a native of Illinois, but lived the majority of his life in Oklahoma and Missouri.  Patriot Jones entered the U.S. Army in 1961.  He served proudly with the 1st Air Cavalry Division in Vietnam from 1965 thru 1967 where he received the Purple Heart as a result of shrapnel wounds.   After leaving the service, Jones was a Senior Manager with Greyhound Bus Corp. before retiring to establish and operate his own successful insurance agency in Nixa, Missouri.  In 2008, Patriot Jones retired after almost 20 years in business and now dedicates all of his efforts towards service to his fellow Veterans.  Jones and his wife Sharon live in Nixa, Missouri.

Jones’ goals during his tenure as Commander include improving all aspects of service to veterans and their families, expanding and improving the National Service Program of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, improving communications at all levels within the organization, and expanding the active involvement of local chapters and state departments in veteran support activities.

The organization now known as the "Military Order of the Purple Heart of the U.S.A. Inc.," (MOPH) was formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of all combat wounded veterans and active duty men and women who have received the decoration. Chartered by the Congress, The MOPH is unique among Veteran Service Organizations in that all its members were wounded in combat. For this sacrifice, they were awarded the Purple Heart Medal. With grants from the MOPH Service Foundation, the MOPH and its Ladies Auxiliary promote Patriotism, Fraternalism, and the Preservation of America's military history. Most importantly, through veteran service, they provide comfort and assistance to all Veterans and their families, especially those requiring claims assistance with the VA, those who are homeless, and those requiring employment assistance.  Through the VAVS program, MOPH volunteers selflessly provide assistance to hospitalized veterans at VA medical facilities and State Veterans Homes.

For information contact:
National Public Relations Director, John Bircher, 352-753-5535
Email: PublicRelations@Purpleheart.org
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